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Building up believers and the New Testament church

Principles of Spiritual Fellowship

We Walk In the Light As He Is In the Light

The fifth principle is that we walk in the light as He is in the light. Scripture tells us in I John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." In the fifth verse of the same chapter God tells us that He Himself is light and "in Him there is no darkness at all." So if we are going to walk in the light, God is the light that we must walk in. God is not in darkness; there is no darkness in Him. So if we are to know and have fellowship with Him, it is because we are walking in Him, walking in the light.

Too often we separate the light from God by saying that the light is that which God is revealing, but the light is God. God is light. I John 1:3, "What we have seen and heard we proclaim unto you also, that you also may have fellowship with us: and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ." This gives us to understand that our fellowship is not based on a natural or human level, but it is in that which we are experiencing in God. If we are not knowing God, we have no fellowship with one another in the spiritual realm which I have been speaking about. Fellowship with one another is only in direct proportion to that which we are enjoying with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

This may be the reason that many gatherings are not experiencing a high level of spiritual fellowship--their fellowship with God is at a low level. A low level of fellowship one with another finds us only in a place of looking at one another, rather than really enjoying the Lord.

The only place in which we can know a perfect cleansing is in walking in God--no other place. In this place the word washes us, removes every spot and blemish from our lives, and enables us to glorify Him and testify to the grace that has built us together "a habitation for God by the Spirit."